3 days ago
I thought i would try to answer some questions about how i created a bond with my birds...
willow was just the cutest little blue ball of fluff as a baby 😍 she’s about 2 months old in this throwback. she was so sweet and would cuddle up in my hair. now it’s a bit different of a relationship between us. once she paired up with sprig, she really didn’t want anything to do with me. she’s also gone through a hormonal time as she grows up. i can see her starting to come out of it now and calming down some though she is a busy body by nature. i get many questions about how i train my birds to like me. honestly, my approach is just to spend time with them without asking too much from them. eventually their curiosity wins out and they come over. i talk and sing to them as they love sound. stand close by when they eat and maybe eat something also (be a member of the flock). it can take a lot of time and patience. it took sprig over a year but he’s now letting me pet him. i didn’t think that would ever happen. at the moment, he’s the only one who will let me do that. also, the best way to bond (with parrotlets in any case) is to only bring in one at a time to your family. it’s much harder to have them bond with you when they are first bonded to another bird. create your bond first, then think about another. and if you do get a second, do a 30 day quarantine from your other bird for it’s safety. use that time to bond with your new bird. offer treats but don’t force it. i would spend 30 mins (or until my arm got tired) with my palm outstretched with a treat on it waiting to let the bird come to it. it may take a week or weeks for them to come to it. patience is key. don’t grab the bird or force it. eventually it will happen and it’ll be their choice and with a positive outcome so they will want to repeat it. also, let me just mention that there is no guarantee that if you get more than one parrotlet that they will like each other. they are aggressive little birds and can be a handful at times.
birds are different from dogs and cats. it may take much more to gain their trust, but when you do, it is so rewarding! hope this helps. take your time and good luck